Post Google I/O, Android 4.3/5.0 expectations

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by saltyeagle, May 19, 2013.

  1. saltyeagle macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2013
    Now that Google I/O has passed, with rumors having pointed at All Access, Hangouts (Babel), and Game Services being the major changes in 4.3 we actually didn't get the next version of Android with those new services. My question is what do you guys think the next version of Android will be and what do you want in the next Android release?

    I'm pretty confident that Google will further Project Butter, since they spoke on the subject of jank at I/O. Also, it's pretty obvious that they will do their part in providing users better battery experience (evidence in their movement to make Maps and Navigation use less power). And then there was discussion that they would re-architect some of the code to make it easier to modify their code on a system level.

    I'm curious to hear about some of the other, more user perceptible, changes :D:D
  2. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    I agree with everything you mentioned according to the discussions the Senior Android engineers had at I/O. So Project Butter and overall performance improvements, some polishing, Bluetooth, OpenGL support, I'm not really sure. It's exciting, though, Google has got some awesome showcase services now that really make its platform stand apart - I'm thinking Google Now and Chat Heads. 5.0 will be a needed makeover, but I imagine that wont come until at least October or November.
  3. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    I was actually at I/O, and I got the distinct impression that they're bringing support for chrome packaged apps (HTML and Javascript compiled to run offline) to android, basically allowing for fast, easy to develop apps for both ChromeOS and Android.
  4. nlr macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    If they fix the lag and improve overall battery I would switch to android :)
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    The problem is that the manufacture's skins are what create the lag. Android is not really the culprit here. For example, the Nexus 4 runs super smooth and I would imagine the s4 google edition will be flawless from a lag standpoint.

    Also, most of the recent phones will get you through a day no problem...ONE, S4, note
  6. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

    Feb 28, 2011
    I would like to see the nexus line get better battery life at least. They can ignore the camera or LTE or whatever, but give us the option to use the phone for a full day on 3G at least instead of running to a wifi spot.

    I am almost thinking of grabbing a S4 for this very reason. Once the google edition is out, it will be time to flash the ROM on top and stock android plus good battery, win win.
  7. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    This is indeed the case.

    Stock Android is buttery, has minimal lag and is extremely refined.

    Then the manufacturers put their own skins on, and Android becomes an entirely different proposition.

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